One of the biggest biological mysteries is how life originally sparked out of non-living molecules. The answer likely lies in the Primordial Soup, a mineral-rich mixture that was lapping against the shorelines on early Earth, but there's still a big question mark hovering over just how these molecules managed to link up to form life-giving proteins. To find out, researchers at Georgia Tech have recreated some of the conditions common to a pre-life Earth, and discovered that drying and rewetting this primordial soup lets these key peptides form quickly and relatively easily.
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